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Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

(A Deemed University)

Jakkur, Bangalore 560 064

November 2006 No.27

Dear Colleague,
This period has been an eventful one in many respects.
The academic programmes of the Centre have been progressing very well and the publications record is growing from strength to strength. The Nano Science Laboratory equipped with the state-of-the art facilities for advance research in material sciences, was inaugurated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister for S&T and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India on 23rd September 2006.
Our proposal to establish the International Centre for Material Science has been accepted by the DST, and this was formally announced by the Hon'ble Minister Shri Kapil Sibal, during his visit to the Centre. The activities of the Centre will encompass the research efforts of the facilities of CPMU and TSU. In addition, this Centre will facilitate a broader collaboration with international scientists in the area of material sciences.
The Centre also hosted the first Science Meet of DST institutions held during 23-24 September 2006, at the request of Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, DST wherein the heads of all DST autonomous institutions made presentations about their activities. This event gave an opportunity for many of us to share the scientific accomplishments and excitement amongst ourselves.
The Extension Programme activities like SRFP, POCE, POBE have been highly successful. The first batch of the POCE students have completed their 3 year POCE course during July 2006. We have also started JNC Research Conference in Chemistry to facilitate detailed discussion on contemporary areas of interest. A Similar programme is being planned in the area of biomedical sciences during the next year.

The 10th Plan period is just coming to an end and the Centre has prepared a vision document for the 11th Plan period, where several new academic programmes are being contemplated. With the active support of DST and in particular, our new Secretary Dr. T.Ramasami, we hope to continuously grow with appropriate infrastructure to make this Centre an institution of international importance.

M R S Rao

The Centre continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge science and engineering research in the country. In 2006, 25 new students (16 Ph D; 8 M S (Engg.) and 1 Integrated Ph D) have joined the Centre. Currently the student strength is around 130. Ten Ph D, and two M S (Engg.) and one M S (Int. Ph D) degrees have been awarded since the last report in November 2005. Six students have submitted their theses for the Ph D degree and one for M S (Engg.) degree. Advertisements for the Summer Research Fellowship-2007 and for mid-year admissions 2006-07 have been released. Nine candidates from R & D institutions have been offered Visiting Fellowship for 2006-2007. Nine candidates have been offered DST Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nano Science and Technology for 2006-2007.
National Phase Patent Applications have been filed at USA and Europe for the invention titled Polyisoprenyl Benzophenones as Inhibitors of Histone Acetyl Transferases and Uses Thereof. (Inventors: Prof Tapas Kumar Kundu, Dr K Balasubramanyam).

Indian patent complete specification application and International Patent Application (PCT) have been filed for the invention titled: Derivatives of 4, 6-disubstituted 1,2,4- Triazolo-1,3,4-

Thiadiazol - a process and uses thereof. By JNCASR and University of Mysore. (Inventors: Prof T K Kundu, Prof K S Rangappa, et al.)

Indian Provisional Patent Applications have been filed for the following new inventions: (a) A Highly Specific Human Polyclonal Beta Actin Antibody and its uses thereof. (Inventors: Prof Tapas Kumar Kundu, et al.) (b) Polyhydroxy Derivatives of [2,3,7,8-tetra-hydroxyl(1) Benzopyrano(5,4,3,(DE)(1) Benzopyran 5,10-dione) as a novel, specific inhibitors of Histone methyltransferase (HMTase) and its uses thereof. (Inventors: Prof T K Kundu, et al.).

The Honorary Fellowship of the Centre has been conferred on Dr S Varadarajan.
An MOU was signed with University of California for Science and Technology Initiative.
A proposal for establishment of International Centre for Materials Science was submitted to DST.
An Agreement of collaboration “TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme at Centres of Excellence in the South” between JNCASR and TWAS has been signed.
An MOU between JNCASR and Internation Centre for Young Scientists (ICYS) and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan has been signed.
An MOU between JNCASR and ReaMetrics India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, has been signed.
Faculty Fellow

Dr Tapas Kumar Maji (CPMU)


Dr N S Kini (CPMU)

Research Associate (Provisional)

Mr P K Madhavan Unni (CMTU)

Visiting Scientists

Prof Zoltan Soos

Visiting Professor

Princeton University, USA.

Prof Noor Afzal

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Dr Krishna Bhat

National Institute of Technology

Surathkal, Karnataka
Dr Ashwin Vaidya

Florida State University, USA

Dr C P Rajendran

Centre for Earth Science Studies

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme

Dr Hanapi Bin Mat

Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia

Visiting Scholars

Mr Jun Hee Lee

Seoul National University, Seoul


Ms Barbara Aubertin

National School of Engineers (ENSICAEN)



C N R Rao Oration Award Lecture : How many atoms maketh a metal, Prof G U Kulkarni, JNCASR, August 4, 2006 followed by welcome to new students.
Prof V Ramalingaswami Memorial Lecture : Quality and Challenges for Stem Cell Therapy in Indian and International Scenario, Prof N K Ganguly, Director General, ICMR, New Delhi, August 8, 2006.
DAE-Raja Ramanna Endowment Lectures in Physics : Noise as a probe of the condensed matter: adding new dimensions, Prof A K Raychaudhuri, Director, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, August 10, 2006.
Bugs, molecular motors, brownian inchworms and copper rods (Prize Lecture) Prof Sriram Ramaswamy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, August 10, 2006.

Frontier Lecture

Science, Art and Drug Discovery: A Personal Perspective, Dr Simon Campbell, FRS, President, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, May 29, 2006.


The following colloquia were held since the last report:

Critical phenomena aspects of fully developed turbulence, Dr. Bhimsen Shivamoggi, University of Central Florida, USA, June 28, 2006.
Gravitational settling of symmetric bodies in second-order fluids, Dr. Ashwin Vaidya, University of North Carolina, USA, July 25, 2006.
Use of asymptotic computational dynamics (ACFD) in multi-mode heat transfer problems, Dr. C. Balaji, IIT Madras, September 20, 2006.

New light on phosphors for solid state lighting, Prof. A. K. Cheetham, UCSB, Santa Barbara, USA, May 1, 2006.
Indo-Israel Workshop: From molecules to composites: interdisciplinary approaches to materials research, Faculty from JNCASR, IISc, NCL, TIFR, Universities in Israel, May 4-8, 2006.
Toward strong interactions in circular quantum dots: correlation induced inhomogeneity, Dr. Amit Ghosal, University of California, Los Angeles, May 8, 2006.
Simulations of random copolymer collapse in dilute solution, Dr Guruswamy Kumaraswamy, National Chemical Laboratories, Pune, May 16, 2006.
Multiple Hsp60 genes in Drosophila melanogaster and their roles in development, Prof. S. C. Lakhotia, Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, May 31, 2006.

Lecture on safety of radioactivity usage, Prof. P Kondiah, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, June 2, 2006.

T-helper cells and the immune response, Dr Satish Devadas, Dept of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, UMDNJ, Piscataway, USA, June 14, 2006.

Nanoscience and its technolgical potential in health and sustainability, Prof. James K. Gimzewski, California Nanotechnology System Institute, California, June 26, 2006.

Interactions of a representative G-protein coupled receptor with membrane lipids: implications in health and disease, Dr Amit Chattopadhyay, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, July 13, 2006.
Nanoscale electrical characterization of optoelectronic materials/devices, Dr. S. Anand, Dept. of Microelectronics and Applied Physics (MAP), S-16440 KISTA, Sweden, July 21, 2006.
Critical dynamics in fluids: verifying theory through simulations, Dr. Subir K. Das, University of Maryland, USA, August 4, 2006.
Hydrogen bonding and coordination in liquid and supercritical water from X-ray inelastic scattering, Prof. Abhay K. Shukla, Laboratoire de Minéralogie-Cristallographie, Paris cedex 05, France, August 11, 2006.

Microtubule dynamics, mitosis and cancer chemotherapy, Prof. Dulal Panda, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, August 18, 2006

Aging dynamics and effective temperature in polymers and gels, Prof. Sergio Ciliberto Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France, August 24, 2006.
Wireless information transport through organic monolayer on Au (111): pre-requisites of bio-processor, Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay, International Center for Young Scientists, National Institute of Material Science, Tsukuba, Japan, August 24, 2006.
Active tectonics, earthquake recurrence, and seismic hazard estimation, Dr. C. P. Rajendran, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, September 6, 2006.
Early and late signaling events during T-cell activation, Dr. Jayajit Das, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, September 22, 2006.
Genome Dynamics: in variety of time frames, Prof B J Rao, TIFR, Mumbai, September 22, 2006
Deterministic and stochastic regimes of asexual evolution on rugged fitness landscapes, Dr. Kavita Jain, Weizmann Institute, Israel, September 26, 2006.

Insights into function and regulation of Cohesin ATPase activity, Dr. Prakash Arumugam, University of Oxford, September 28, 2006.
Timescales and pathways of vibrational energy relaxation in liquid bromoform, Dr. Sai Ramesh, University of Wisconsin, October 6, 2006.
Surface-phase and nanostructure formation in heteroepitaxial growth, Dr. S. M. Shivaprasad, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, October 11, 2006.
Sex and the single genome: evolutionary cost and consequences of gender, Dr. N. G. Prasad, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, October 12, 2006.
A delegation from Taiwan visited the Centre and held discussions with the Faculty on May 3, 2006.
Extension of new Hostel Block was inaugurated by Shri D Kumaraswamy, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, on May 17, 2006.
Under the Learning Science programme, visit of school children was arranged on May 22, 2006. Prof C N R Rao gave the lecture which was followed by multimedia presentation of excerpts from the CD-ROM ‘Learning Science’ by Education Technology Unit. Demonstration of experiments by Dr A Sundaresan and Dr M Eswaramoorthy was also arranged. A lecture on DNA was delivered by Dr K N Ganesh.
Programme to award prizes for Outstanding Science Teachers donated by the C N R Rao Education Foundation, was held on July 10, 2006.
Dr Krishna Shenai, Utah State University,USA, visited the Centre on July 14, 2006.
Prof Andrew Paratt and Prof Peter D Hodgson, Deakin University, Australia, visited the Centre on July 26, 2006.

Prof Perry Nisen, Senior Vice President, CPDM along with representatives from GlaxoSmithKline visited the Centre on August 1, 2006.

Dr Connie Johnson, Science Officer, U S Embassy, New Delhi and his colleague from Science Office visited the Centre on August 25, 2006

Hindi Divas was celebrated on September 14, 2006 as part of the Celebrations of Hindi Fortnight - September 14 – 28, 2006. The valedictory function of the Hindi Fortnight was celebrated on September 28, 2006 with Mr K S Napolian, Director (Admn. & O.L. DST) as the Chief Guest. Mr H K Meena, Asst. Director (Raja Basha, DST) was also present. During the function prizes were distributed for the winners of different competitions.
As a part of Teachers Day celebration, a Workshop for Science Teachers was held on September 19, 2006. Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Linus Pauling Research Professor, delivered a Lecture on "Teaching Science" which was followed by multimedia presentation by the ETU Multimedia Group and demonstration of science experiments by Drs. A Sundaresan and M. Eswaramoorthy.
The Nano Laboratory was inaugurated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, on September 23, 2006.
The First Science Meet and Inhouse Symposium of all organizations under DST was held on September 23 and 24, 2006.
Meeting of the Second Sub-Committee of Committee of Parliament on Official Language for the Central Government Offices, was held on October 14, 2006.
Officials from the Bill Gates Foundation led by Dr Carol A Dahl, Director, Global Health Technologies and Chief of Staff, Global Health Program, U K, visited the Centre on October 26, 2006.
Mexican delegation led by Dr Gustao Chapela, Director General, National Council of Science and Technology , Mexico, visited the Centre on November, 1, 2006.
Prof Ryoji Noyori, Nobel Laureate, President, RIKEN Institute, Japan, visited the Centre on November 2, 2006.

Amitabha Chattopadhyay

Dozor Visiting Fellowship by Ben Gurion

University, Israel.
Prof S Balasubramanian

B M Birla Science Prize in Chemistry,2005.

Prof Biman Bagchi

Mizushima-Raman Award Lecture of JSPS

and DST delivered at Sihuoka, Japan, 2006

J C Bose Fellowship of DST.

Prof Chandan Das Gupta

J C Bose National Fellowship of DST,

Prof M K Chandrashekaran

Millennium Plaques Honour by Indian Science Congress Association.

Prof S Chandrasekaran

JC Bose National Fellowship of DST

2nd Endowment Lecture of Kalyani University.
Prof S Dattagupta

Meghnad Saha Memorial Award Lecture of

National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad,2005

C V Raman Birth Centenery Award of Indian

Science Congress, Hyderabad, 2006.

Prof S M Deshpande

Distinguished Professor of Aerodynamics

Research & Education, DRDL, Hyderabad,

Dr R S Gokhale

Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Biological

Sciences, 2006

Swarnajayanti Fellowship, Department of

Science and Technology, 2006- 2011.

Dr A Govindaraj

Sir C V Raman Young Scientist Award, 2005.

Prof E D Jemmis

J C Bose National Fellowship, DST, 2006

Prof T Navaneeth Rao National Best Teacher

award of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of

Sciences, 2006.
Prof H R Krishnamurthy

Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

for Science, IISc, 2006.

Prof N Kumar

Padmashri, Govt. of India, 2006

Materials Scientist Award, MRSI.
Prof P T Manoharan

Ramanna Fellowship, DST, 2006.

Dr R A Mashelkar

Honorary Doctorates in Science and Engineering:

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati ,2006

D.Lit.(Desikottama), Visva Bharati, Santiniketan


Lucknow University, 2006

Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, 2006

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2005

Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, 2005.

Suryadatta National Award - 2006 by
Suryadatta Group of Institutes, Pune

Asutosh Mookherjee Memorial Award -2005 by

Indian Science Congress Association

The TWAS medal –2005 by TWAS, the

Academy of Sciences for the Developing


Baroda Sun Award -2005 by Bank of Baroda,


Star of Asia Award – 2005 of Business Week


Maharashtra Bhushan Award –2005 by

Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai for

contributions to science and technology

Honorary Professor, Banaras Hindu University,

2005 - .
Prof G Mehta

Elected Fellow, Royal Society (FRS).
Prof Roddam Narasimha

Aryabhata Award, Astronautical Society of

India, Ahmedabad, 2004.

Prof Raghavan Varadarajan

Rev. Fr. LM Yeddnapally Memorial Medal,

Indian Chemical Society, 2005.

Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar

Prof U S Srivastava Memorial Lecture Award of

National Academy of Sciences, India

J C Bose National Fellowship, DST, 2006-2011

Elected Foreign Associate, National Academy of

Sciences, USA, 2006.

Prof C N R Rao

Pinnamaneni award for science, 2005

Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National

Eminence award for Science, 2005

L. Singhania-IIM Lucknow award for

leadership in Science & Technology, 2005

National Research Professorship by

Government of India

“Desikottama” (D. Lit. Honaris Causa),

Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan

D Sc (Honoris Causa) Kuvempu University

D Sc (Honoris Causa) Lucknow University

India Citation Laureate 2006, Thomson/ISI,


Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa),

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Uttar

Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow

Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), University

of Delhi

Hon. Fellowship, Institute of Physics, London,


International Adviser, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Japan.
Prof M R S Rao

FICCI Award for Life Sciences - 2004-05

J C Bose National Fellowship

Sir M Visveswaraya Senior Scientist Award

from Government of Karnataka, 2004.
Prof E V Sampath Kumaran

Elected Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt

Prof D D Sarma

TWAS Physics Prize 2006

J C Bose National Fellow, 2006-2011

G D Birla Award for Scientific Research, 2005.

UGC National Hari Om Ashram Trust Award

Sir C V Raman Award for Physical Sciences,


Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for

Science, IISc, 2005

A V Rama Rao Foundation Prize Lecture,

JNCASR, 2006

Dr. Jagdish Shankar Memorial Lecture of INSA,


23rd Professor R.P. Mitra Memorial Lecture,

Delhi University, 2006.
Prof M M Sarma

International Fellow, Royal Academy of


Foreign Associate, US National Academy of


Honorary Doctorate, Univ. of Calcutta

Honorary Doctorate, University of Lucknow.
Prof Seyed E Hasnain

Padmashri, Govt. of India, 2005.

Prof Swapan K Pati

Materials Research Society of India Award, 2006.

Prof. Tapas Kumar Kundu

Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad , 2005.

Prof M Vijayan

The First CSIR/Science Congress G.N.

Ramachandran Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences and Technology, 2004.
The Centre supports discussion meetings organised by its faculty in association with faculty of other reputed research institutions in various topics of current interest.
Meetings held : (subsequent to last report)
9th Annual CFD Symposium, August 11-12, 2006, Dr Sekhar Majumdar (NAL).
Harward – JNC – NCBS Symposium, August 1-13, 2006, Prof Srikanth Sastry (JNCASR).

Consortium of Students in Management Research (COSMAR) – 2006 – An International Seminar, September 21-23, 2006, Prof K R Yogendra Simha (IISc).
National Conference in Chemistry – 2006, September 27-29, 2006, Dr V V Suresh Babu and Prof V Vishnu Kamath, Bangalore University.
Workshop on “Issues of Higher Mathematics”, October 24-25, 2006, Dr B V Sreeekantan (NIAS).
Genes, Development and Disease, October 27-28, 2006, Prof H Sharat Chandra, Centre for Human Genetics (IISc).
JNC Conference on Chemistry of Materials, October 29-31, 2006 at Kollam, Kerala.
Forthcoming meetings
National Conference on "Challenges and Vision 2026 in Science Communication, November 26, 2006, Prof J V Narlikar and Mr A P Deshpande (NCSC).
Workshop in Chemistry for Postgraduate Students, November 27-29, 2006 at Trivandrum, Prof S Chandrasekaran (IISc).
Workshop on “Level Set Methods and its Application”, December 4-15, 2006, Prof Phoolan Prasad (IISc) and Mr Vanninathan and G D Veerappa Gowda (TIFR).
Winter School on Chemistry of Materials, December 10-12, 2006, Jointly by JNCASR & ICMR, UCSB.
Nuclear Architecture: Chromosome-chromatin Dynamics, December 11-13, 2006, Prof Tapas Kumar Kundu (JNCASR).

National Symposium on “Theoretical Chemistry” (TCS 2006), December 11-13, 2006, Dr P Venuvanalingam (Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli).
Tenth Transcription Assembly, December 14-16, 2006, Prof Siddhartha Roy (IICCB Kolkata).
The Annual Faculty Meeting of the Centre will be held on November 20, 2006. The following Faculty and Hon. Faculty members of the Centre will be delivering lectures after the meeting: Dr M Eswaramoorthy, Dr Ganesh Subramanyam, Prof S Dattagupta, Dr Rajesh Gokhale, and Dr Senthil Todadri.
An in-house symposium is scheduled on November 20 and 21, 2006 at Jakkur campus.


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